Thursday, 12 April 2007

New 2008 Jeep Cherokee / Liberty review and pictures

It's a case of back to the future in terms of the design of the new Jeep Cherokee / Liberty.

The new-look Cherokee looks a lot like a smaller version of the Commander with it's squared edges and boxier design than the current, more stylised model. I like it. It's also reminiscent of the earlier XJ, with the squared off wheel arches and high shoulder.

The new Cherokee has had a major re-engineering. Corporate synergy is created by sharing its platform with the Dodge Nitro. Jeep claims it is all new from the ground up, with new Command Trac and Select Trac four-wheel-drive systems on offer and independent multi-link suspension, which should improve on and off-road handling.

On the safety side, there's traction control, ESP (Electronic Stability Program) and Electronic Roll Mitigation side curtain airbags and tyre pressure monitoring.

Accessories inside like the MyGIG multimedia system which has a 20GB hard drive for music and pictures, sat-nav. Other than that, there's a full-length canvas sunroof, remote starting, rain-sensing wipers, and electrically-adjustable seats and mirrors with memory settings, and there is an uprated stereo/communications system with Sirius satellite radio and Bluetooth phone connectivity.

Sporting a 3.7 litre single cam V6, producing 156kW (210bhp) and 318nm (235lb ft) of torque at 4000rpm. As always, expect a shock at the bowser - fuel usage is a typically high 10 litres/100km (23mpg) highway cycle and 13 litres/100km (18mpg) in town.

The Cherokee is scheduled in the UK for early 2008 - TBA for Australia and although prices are yet to be confirmed, expect it to be in the same range as the current model.

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